Posts Tagged ‘At War With Reality’

at the gates single of the weekOne of the most legendary Swedish death metal bands of all time in At The Gates is about to release their first new album since 2014’s At War With Reality. When you think of the Death Metal scene from Gothenburg, At The Gates is immediately one of the first bands that I think of instantly as well as their legendary Slaughter Of The Soul album. Nonetheless, the band is back with a new album in To Drink From the Night Itself which comes out May 18TH via Century Media. To keep us occupied until then, the band has unleashed the title track as the first single from the album. When asked why the title track as the first single, vocalist Tomas Lindberg said, “So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record.”

To_Drink_from_the_Night_Itself_cover_artHe then continues to say, “We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.” The song contains everything you would want from an At The Gates track and it even contains some melodic parts to show you how much depth the band has. To pre-order the album right now, click here.

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header_dB2015Tour_siteIn the history of metal, we remember certain scenes that made a huge impact on the genre like the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal that started in England, the hair metal explosion in Los Angeles, or even the invention of Thrash Metal in the Bay Area of California. Not too many people realize that your New Wave Of American Metal scene that exploded out of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts was thanks in large part to a movement known in Sweden as the Gothenburg scene which gave birth to bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, and At The Gates who performed last night (April 6TH) in Chicago at the House Of Blues as a part of The Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre, and other assorted regional acts. At The Gates helped pioneer a scene that combined elements of Death Metal with elements of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene that just caught on with all of the guys from the scene like The Black Dahlia Murder. The concert was broadcast live for free on Yahoo Live (which replays all night) and promised to be a good one and a lesson in metal for all the youngsters in the crowd.

at the gatesAfter the intro track El Altar del Dios Desconocido played over the speakers, the band exploded right into their set with the big guns in the track Slaughter Of The Soul from the legendary album of the same name. The band took very little breaks to talk to the crowd as they went right into one song after another through out the whole entire set playing classics and brand new material from their 2014 release At War With Reality which they were supporting on the tour. When they did take a break to talk to the crowd, lead singer Tomas Lindberg took the time to remind the crowd that the band was back and it sure as heck seemed like it as the band sounded like they never lost a step and that they were here to claim their rightful place with some of the legends of metal. Some of my favorite tracks of the night included songs like Terminal Spirit Disease, The Circular Ruins, Windows, City Of Mirrors, Eater Of Gods, and the last two songs of the night which were Kingdom Gone and The Night Eternal. The band was amazing and they sounded tight all concert long which is all you can ask for and the crowd was certainly thankful for it as they showed their support all show long. They even caught the band by surprise during some breals to chant out the bands name to them and the band would acknowledge it. It truly was an amazing show that the band put on as Anders Björler and Martin Larsson were blazing on the guitar shredding away while the rhythm section of Jonas Björler and Adrian Erlandsson kept the band in check. Check out some photos below from the show and also the complete setlist.

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